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Opel/Vauxhall reveals the Mokka compact SUV

Rival for the Ford EcoSport...

Opel/Vauxhall revealed details of their new Mokka compact SUV at the Detroit Motor Show amid the launch of the Mokka’s sister car, the Buick Encore.

The focus was mostly on the Encore at the show, but dig into the press release and more details were there about the Mokka, along with 3 images. What we can see is a very small SUV shaped car, clearly with modern Opel/Vauxhall styling. Based on the Corsa platform, the Mokka will be a direct rival for the Ford EcoSport we reported on from the Delhi Motor Show recently.

Taking most of its styling cues from the Antera SUV, the Mokka has a bold front end with large headlamps and the stock Opel/Vauxhall chrome grille. Down the sides there is a hockey-stick shaped swage line which follows the sills and kicks up to the rear arch which adds some drama, while at the rear there are no surprises with a standard hatch and large rear lights. Whereas it won’t set the world alight, the Mokka will certainly sell due to it being nicely styled and mostly inoffensive.

Well, apart from the name that is, which is awful. Clearly meant to tap into the subconscious of those who aspire to the Mocha-drinking, coffee shop-chatting way of life, it sticks in the throat a little, much like the drinks in said coffee shops.

The Opel Mokka in Europe is powered by two petrol and one diesel engine, all with manual transmissions and start/stop system. The 1.6 litre naturally-aspirated engine produces 115 bhp while the 1.4-litre turbo gives 140 bhp and 147 lb/ft of torque. On the diesel side, there is a 130 bhp 1.7 CDTI turbo diesel with 221 lb/ft of torque. Six-speed automatic transmissions are available with the 1.4 Turbo and the 1.7 CDTI.

The interior gets a familiar Opel/Vauxhall look with a large centre console and high-set Sat-Nav screen. Note: 4th image is of the Buick Encore interior, but the Mokka will look the same.

Built on GM's new global small vehicle Gamma II platform, all engines are available in front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. The Mokka will be available in dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2012, with prices expected to start around £12,000.

Images courtesy of Opel/Vauxhall

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more